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Dare

on April 12, 2019

I picked up the book Dare to Lead by Bene Brown last year when our Lead Mentor, Dr. Jason, recommended it on his personal Facebook page. I believe his comment was that this book was as good as A Failure of Nerve which was another book I was highly impacted by. After seeing his recommendation,…

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Leading is hard

on April 12, 2019

Picking up Brene Brown’s  book Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. I was intrigued because of the excitement shown by my fellow members of the Elite 8. The first quote given to the reader from Teddy Roosevelt about willing to fail caught my attention in introducing the reader to what she calls “the…

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Expectations and Vulnerability

on April 12, 2019

As we approach the celebration of Palm Sunday, I find it ironic that we are reading and discussing the concepts of vulnerability and leadership. The humility of Jesus as he rode a donkey wasn’t just a publicity stunt to influence and shape the story that was being written. He wasn’t trying to appear to be…

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Skin in the Game

on April 12, 2019

What a truly refreshing book to wrap up this semester with! Though we have had some very thought-provoking reading materials lately, I believe this book summed up a number of places that can be a challenge in ministry; and evidently, even in graduate school. For the point of this paper, I decided to highlight on…

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On choosing to be vulnerable

on April 11, 2019

Brené Brown’s latest best seller, Dare to Lead is in part a compilation of her previous books, Daring Greatly and Rising Strong, while adding her newest research on what makes brave leaders. Brave leaders are not an easy sell as becoming a brave leader means embracing difficulty in a culture full of over-stuffed recliners and…

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New Seasons

on April 11, 2019

Leadership books are hard right now. After 15 years working at King University in an attempt to develop and maintain a viable ministry program, I received my notice of termination about a month ago. So, at the end of this semester I will officially be a dependent. I don’t share this information to gain sympathy…

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I Dare You!

on April 11, 2019

It’s no secret to the LGP8’s that I hold Brené Brown in high regard.  She holds three social work degrees – BSW, MSW, and PhD from the University of Houston – and is credentialed at the highest level in Social Work practice.  At her core, she is a passionate researcher, which is a highly espoused…

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A Work in Progress

on April 11, 2019

Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead is a practical guide-book that shows ordinary people what it looks like to be brave and lead other people.  Brown’s idea of a leader is someone who reads people, sees their potential, and helps develop them. I knew I would like this book because Brown uses the “armor” metaphor in…

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Leadership: Embracing the Uncomfortable

on April 11, 2019

All of us strive to find the right tool, the right method, and the right resource to lead us to that next level of leadership. However, in the midst of our endless quest, we find ourselves more frustrated and more disjointed from our intended purpose. Why? Perhaps, it’s because “…studying leadership is way easier than…

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This Book ACTUALLY Helped

on April 11, 2019

When I heard Jake and Jean were so jacked about hearing Brene Brown speak at their recent conference near the Air Force Academy, I figured we were in for a real treat this week with Dare To Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts. [1] Their contagiousness was infectious and Brene Brown did not disappoint!…

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Daring to lead in philanthropy

on April 11, 2019

Hats off to Jason for putting Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead at the end of another semester of study, smack dab in the middle of when most of us are feeling exhausted, dry, and depleted. I know I am! It’s a great reminder of the qualities that I need to nurture in my own leadership,…

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“Submission” is Christianese for “chosen vulnerability”

on April 11, 2019

According to Brené Brown, researcher and author of Dare to Lead, courage and vulnerability are inextricably linked.[1] I couldn’t agree more. Case in point: Jesus—the epitome of courage and vulnerability. So why does it seem like mission organizations struggle to learn from leaders like Brené Brown? She’s saying many of the same things that Christ…

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To Love is to be Vulnerable

on April 10, 2019

Brené Brown calls herself a researcher and storyteller, and she is also a social worker to the core. She has a BSW, MSW, and even a DSW (that’s a bachelors, masters and doctorate all in social work). It’s no wonder I am drawn to her materials since I am also a social worker and am…

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“What About Him?”

on April 10, 2019

This past Monday we had some friends from Seattle pay us a visit. Scott is a technical engineer who manages a team of engineers at his firm. When I asked Scott how work was going, he lamented the anxiety, stress, and exhaustion he has been experiencing in his small management role. “I’m trying to get…

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A great book to read!

on April 9, 2019

The first time I encountered BrenéBrown, a cartoon had been overlaid over her voice, and a moose, a bear and a fox were discussing the differences between sympathy and empathy. You can watch it here, and you will be glad that you did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw BrenéBrown is a New York Times bestselling author, known for her Ted…

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a day late…but hopefully not a dollar short

on April 8, 2019

I have often told young leaders when looking for staff or when looking for a staff position, to find a team that lets you thrive and helps everyone look good because everyone’s gifts and abilities have”complemented” each other. Jake I am stealing some of your thoughts because I loved what you said about egalitarians complementing…

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Some Things Give Me Tired Head…

on April 5, 2019

Where I live there is a sports radio station that I enjoy listening to, one of the sayings which has made its way into my vernacular is the word “tired head”. The definition of this word is a discussion that you have been through multiple times and would rather just move on from, but instead…

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Let’s talk about what really matters.

on April 5, 2019

If you can suspend your bias and personal belief (and maybe your identity) to read through the text Two Views on Women in Ministry, you would likely finish with the perspective of, “I could be either a complementarian or an egalitarian.” This is because the biblical scholars have argued through Old and New Testament Scriptures…

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from an AG perspective

on April 4, 2019

What an exciting last run of books for us to end on! I am truly excited to dive into the blogs this week and see how all of you are wrong. just kidding __ Growing up in the Assemblies of God I have seen many women ministers, all of whom I have considered very effective…

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